It’s 2019, a brand-new year and a fantastic time to take the first steps with that big idea you’ve had for a while. UnLtd provide layers of support for social entrepreneurs at the very start of their journey to help you and your venture grow.
We know that deciding to become a social entrepreneur is not an easy decision to make, but we can help you every step of the way. To kick-start you on this journey we’ve put together some tips for planning and preparation.
1. Know your motivations
Successful social entrepreneurs are more likely to be motivated by a desire to create change, do good, or improve existing services, than by money. What is the issue that is really close to your heart?
Have that motivation at the centre of all your plans. You may have to work harder for less monetary reward, but you will gain immensely greater emotional reward.
2. Plan your business model
It is never too early to start thinking about your business model. Look at it as a continuously evolving concept – ideally it will become more robust and more detailed over time as you go from idea to project to organisation.
Start off by thinking about:
3. Think local, ask questions
Think about the needs in your local area, and the field in which you want to be making an impact. What already exists? Who could you work with?
When you’re starting a social enterprise to address a social need it is really important to consult with your future beneficiaries.
For example, if it’s something to improve your local area, speak to residents and ask whether it would be helpful to them. There may be consequences you hadn’t thought of, or other versions that would make it better.
Or if you will be working with disabled people, make sure you’ve spoken with people who have lived expertise on the topic. Even if you have direct experience of the issue you hope to tackle, we’re all different and consultation helps make sure your initial plans are sound.
4. Learn more
We have developed a suite of free training guides to support you along your journey with UnLtd. All of the tips mentioned here are available in much more detail in our learning area.You can learn about marketing, user experience, legal guidance, strategy planning and more.
There are also many free events for social entrepreneurs which we’d encourage you to attend.
5. Apply for support from UnLtd
At UnLtd we combine cash and coaching to help nurture your idea and make it become a reality. This last year we’ve seen a very high number and standard of applications from social ventures, particularly in England, and many of our awards are closed for applications in England.
We are still open for applications if:
UnLtd award winners all have fascinating stories about their ventures and why they do what they do. My role is to ensure these stories are told and seen by the world. I want to make sure all the teams at UnLtd communicate their work effectively, and that they have the best tools to do so. I have a background in political campaigning, spending the last seven years trying to improve human rights in the UK. In my spare time I co-host and produce a podcast about technology and its impact on society, and enjoy drawing and making art
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We host a series of events throughout the UK each year. From classes and conferences, seminars and workshops to networking events and training sessions.
Looking for financial guidance? Want to sharpen your marketing skills? Access our range of guides in the learning area..